|For night sections when glow sticks are required and teams are clustered,
use a distinct color or combination of colored glow sticks. For example,
rubber band or duct tape a blue and red glow stick together or tape a stripe
across a glowstick. This should aid with locating your teammate(s)
from a group of racers in the dark. I think this strategy could have
helped in the Mid-America Xtreme and Pathfinder 2001 because both had night
starts on the water or leading to water. It was difficult at times to
pick out where my teammates were amongst all the noise from other teams
trying to find their members. Another idea is to use novelty glow
items such as necklaces, stars, etc.
|Wrap duct tape around the end of a pencil
and toss it in your pack. You'll never know when you will need
it...and you will need it at some time!|
|When packing your gear, gather all the things you think you'll need, then
eliminate the things that are "nice to have's". Then, pack
half of what's left. Remember, you've got to haul all this stuff on
your back for the whole race.|
|Always take a pencil (ink bleeds when wet) and note pad to pre-race
briefing. You WILL forget something important 16 hours into a race.
|When carrying a Nalgene water bottle of 36oz capacity, make
it a multi-carrying device. Wrap duct tape to the outside of the
bottle, in the event that you need to use the duct tape for easy repairs or
foot maintenance. It's available whenever you need it. |
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